Sir Alex Ferguson wants Cristiano Ronaldo back
Sir Alex Ferguson says he would love to bring back Portuguese International Cristiano Ronaldo back, but admitted the forward is now ‘unbuyable’.
Cristiano Ronaldo had joined Real Madrid for a world record fee for €94 million in June, 2009, and has since scored an incredible 165 goals in 162 games for his current employers.
AS reported last week that Ronaldo is still unhappy at Madrid and could leave in the summer, but Ferguson thought it was unlikely the player would be back wearing a Manchester United shirt any time soon, as the club, which currently has a debt of 359.7 million pounds, would be unable to afford his transfer fee.
Spanish Daily AS had reported last week that Ronaldo is still unhappy at Madrid and could leave in the summer, but United Boss Ferguson feels it is somehow impossible with the kind of debt the club has, almost around 359.7 million pounds.
“I don’t think it will happen but I would like to think it would,” said Ferguson. “You’re talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would his value be? He’s a fit boy, he’s never injured and he never misses a game.”
“There’s every chance he might leave, you never know. He’s definitely unbuyable. Who could afford him? One of the Russian teams could buy him but do you think he’d want to go to Russia? He complained about the weather here, let alone the middle of winter in Russia.” Ronaldo won three Premier League titles at United as well as the Champions League in 2008 and has since gone on to contend for the title of the world’s best player with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi since moving to Spain three years ago.
“He was definitely good value for Real Madrid, but he always wanted to play for them. It was his boyhood dream. I am not saying he will stay there forever, you never know,” Ferguson added.
When asked if he regrets not inserting a buy-back option into the Ronaldo deal, Sir Alex laughed:
“How do you know we’ve not got a buy-back clause for him? He’s an unbelievable player – one of the best. We have a pantheon of great players and Ronaldo definitely compares with any of them. In his last season, he made five chances every match – he had five opportunities created by himself with strikes at goal. Although he had a natural talent, he is in many ways manufactured himself. He practised and practised. He had a bit of the Eric Cantona about him in that way. Paul Scholes is still the same. I speak to him quite regularly. He’s always available to talk to, and he’s always wishing us well. I think our result is the first one he looks for, no doubt about that,” concluded Fergie.
In Manchester, Cristiano is still loved and appreciated.
Often the fans chant:
“Put him on a plane,
bring him back from Spain!
Will he move back to his former club? Well, we will have to wait and see.